No need to worry
Value is placed on a lot of things -- cars, houses, people, even thoughts. Here are my thoughts on worrying. The only worry worth worrying about is if you haven’t done enough. If you’ve done all you can, don’t worry. You’re trying to please God, not man. If you feel you haven’t done or given enough love, what are you waiting for? Love somebody, give someone a hug, a gift, a smile, a warm greeting, some of your time.
Worrying is the biggest waste of time there is. It accomplishes nothing. There’s a great reward in doing something for someone else. It is better to give than to receive. Make someone happy, make somebody’s day. God uses people to do his will. Put more time in doing something for someone else, and you’ll get more out of life, more from God.
Even birds don’t worry. God takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?
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-- Freddie Ewings
Best in the world
We have just celebrated our veterans’ service and sacrifice which is all well and good. However, let’s also reflect on how good they were as soldiers. First, let’s establish a standard. As Gen. George Patton indicated, nobody ever won a war by dying for his country. They won it by making somebody else die for their country.
Starting with the Revolutionary War (when we were rebel colonialists, not yet Americans), our underfed, under-equipped citizen army defeated the most powerful professional army in the world at that time (with French help, of course). The Civil War is a great example. Americans against Americans. Civil War battles are noted for their very high casualty rates on both sides -- testimony to the proficiency, bravery and dedication of the soldiers on both sides. Introduction of American troops into the stalemated trench warfare in World War I turned the tide toward victory against a well-trained and equipped German military. Fighting on two fronts in World War II, Americans bested well-trained and equipped German troops, fanatical, suicidal Japanese charges and kamikaze attacks. It was just about the same story against Chinese mass attacks in Korea. In the Vietnam conflict, the unsatisfactory result was no fault of the average American soldier who inflicted disproportional casualties on the enemy nearly every time.
Since Vietnam, the record is simply magnificent, from Grenada, Iraq, Afghanistan, the destruction of the Taliban and finally, the elimination of Osama bin Laden. Clearly, the American soldier has given our society its money’s worth. I assert they are the best in the world at their profession.
-- Richard L. Jones
There have been several news accounts lately concerning complaints about various law enforcement agencies receiving surplus military equipment. The complaints contend that equipment such as M-16 rifles, night vision aids and armored personnel carriers make the police look too intimidating and should not be allowed. What they fail to acknowledge is this is not our granddaddy’s world anymore, and the threats and dangers that we and our law enforcement officers face today call for a proportionate response. From bank robbers with automatic weapons and dressed in full body armor to deranged lunatics killing dozens while chanting “Allah Akbar,” not containing these threats is not an acceptable option. The recent social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and before that in Sanford, Florida, are becoming all too frequent and more violent.
Our peace officers need and deserve our support. When assaulted with a knife, they need their handguns. When attacked with a handgun, they need their shotguns. When looking down the barrel of a shotgun, a flamethrower would be nice. In a fight for their life and our safety, there has never been a documented account of a first responder having too much firepower or equipment. Think about it.
-- Tommy Parker
Fed laws trump state
When I read summaries of our state’s new comprehensive gun law that was mentored by the NRA, I was concerned that it had weakened the penalties on passengers caught trying to smuggle loaded guns in carry-on bags at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and its security checkpoints.
Last year, 111 TSA officials stopped 111 loaded guns from coming on board in carry-on bags. But so far this year, they have found 90 guns at Hartsfield-Jackson. We are in second place to Dallas/Fort Worth International with 104. The good news in the AP story was that our federal TSA can impose fines up to $11,000 on those passengers who are dumb enough to try to carry a gun in their carry on luggage. The feds can do this despite the attempts by our new state gun law to weaken the penalties for these foolish passengers.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
What an inspiring story of bravery, love of country and family exposed on Veterans Day. After watching the first half of “The Man Who Killed Usama bin Laden” and eagerly awaiting the second half, why in the heck didn’t we call on the Navy SEALs in the Benghazi slaughter? I was shocked as to exactly what our armed servicemen endure in military training. I was deeply touched by Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who fired the shots that killed bin Laden, for his love of country and for his father’s and family’s love. He wrote letters to each fearing he would die.
If O’Neill is an example of all the Navy SEALs, America will be kept safe. I truly believe O’Neill when he said if we were allowed to take our gloves off, no other country would compare to our forces, much less take us down.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Politics in our country will remain broken as long as election campaigns are funded by the big money guys and corporations. In each election, too many candidates sell out to big donors seeking special favors, often at the expense of the majority middle class and poor.
If something is not done soon to fix America’s broken politics problem, it is only going to worsen each succeeding election cycle. The media could help by explaining to the electorate in as simple as possible layperson terms the reasoning behind the Supreme Court’s unjust “money is speech” and “corporations are people” rulings.
Politicians who take the big money and dole out access privileges and special favors to the donors are corrupt no matter what political party they represent. To save democracy in America, we must go to public funding of our elections.
Since Congress is not going to do anything about getting big money out of politics, a huge nationwide grass roots movement led by the people should be initiated to address the problem. Thirty-year Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell once said the people really don’t care about public financing of campaigns. Probably no member of Congress has benefited more from the corrupting influence of money in politics than McConnell. It has been his political lifeblood.
Let us, the electorate, in every state vote for whether we might prefer public financing over the broken, corrupt system we now have.
-- Paul Lam Whiteley Sr.
Obama called Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who was one of the architects of Obamacare and said to him. “I understand you have called the voters stupid.” Gruber replied, “yes indeed, many times.” “I one-upped you Gruber,” Obama replied. “How so?” said Gruber. “Those same stupid voters elected me twice. Even after I had everything about my past sealed by the courts prior to Election Day. Even Hillary had questions about me.” Now that just proves you can’t fix stupid.
-- Michael Snipes
I want to acknowledge and thank the Houston County employees, state and county inmates for the outstanding job they do in maintaining the roads and right-of-ways in Houston County. What a great impression the roads must have on visitors, and especially the stretch of Houston Lake Road from Russell Parkway south, all the way to Perry. It is always manicured. I want to assure all of those responsible for the hard work that it does not go unnoticed or taken for granted. Hats off and thank you.
-- Frank Cook
The Supreme Court recently agreed with a lower court that illegal invaders from south of the border with known criminal records who are currently being held in custody in Arizona must be released because they were denied “due process” of law. They were being held without bail in accordance with Arizona law, but the high court determined that the Fifth Amendment applies even to illegals, in spite of the wishes of Arizona voters. Let’s hope they don’t also decide those criminals also retain the benefits of the Second Amendment as well.
-- Dan Topolewski
NASCAR has reached the pinnacle of modern math. Four drivers are eligible for the championship. One has not won a race and the other three have won from two to four races maximum. The 39 other drivers not eligible for the championship have won from four to six races but are not qualified for the championship. And NASCAR wonders why so many $90 seats are empty.
-- J. Horne